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Ministry puts mining clearances on hold in Goa

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22 February 2010

The Government has imposed a moratorium on granting environmental clearances for mining proposals in Goa till such time the State finalises its mineral policy.

In a letter to the Goa Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat, the Environment Minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh, conveyed his decision to put a moratorium on the consideration of mining proposals for Goa till the mineral policy for the State was finalised and the Environment Ministry informed.

“I am advising the officer concerned to return all the proposals pending for consideration to the proponents, and not to accept any new proposal for the State of Goa,” Mr Ramesh wrote in a letter to Mr Kamat.

………Mr Ramesh also felt that the time had come for a comprehensive environmental impact assessment study of all mining activity across the country. The Environment Ministry is planning to rope in the Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute to conduct the study to identify remedial measures to reduce the impact of mining on the environment…..Read complete news item……..

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February 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

Posted in NEERI

Delhi’s roads are the deadliest

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23 February 2010

By Aman Sharma

NEW DELHI: Delhi is the most unsafe city in India for pedestrians, government records show. The latest ‘Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India – 2008’ report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) says as many as 589 pedestrians were crushed to death on the Capital’s roads in 2008.

More people die on Delhi’s roads than any other Indian city of comparable size; in fact, Mumbai, with 3.6 million more people than Delhi, has only around half the number of road fatalities – 302.

……Dr S. Gangopadhyay, director, Central Road Research Institute, feels pedestrian facilities in Delhi leave much to be desired. “In developed countries, pedestrians are given the top priority,” he said.

“This is missing in Delhi. There are zebra crossings but most people don’t use them, most signals do not work. Worse, rash driving leads to high pedestrian deaths.” There are other faults that Delhi has, he said. Delhi may have constructed subways and foot- overbridges (FOBs) for pedestrians, but security inside the subways – especially for women – is a problem after dark. “Several pedestrians, including most women, refuse to use them due to security issues,” he said…….Read complete news item…..

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February 24, 2010 at 9:31 am

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No new mining in ‘fragile’ Goa, orders Jairam Ramesh

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22 February 2010

By Shalini Singh

In what could prove to be a major setback for the Rs 6, 000 crore mining industry in Goa, the Union minister for environment and forests (MoEFF) Jairam Ramesh in a stern letter on Monday has told the Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat that the ministry has “imposed a moratorium on consideration of mining proposals for environmental clearance… till the mineral policy for the state of Goa is finalised.”

Ramesh has also called for a “comprehensive environmental impact assessment of all the mining activities that has taken place and for which permissions have been given over the last few years” in his letter, adding that the study should also identify remedial measures for which he plans to ask Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute to carry out the study….Read complete news item….

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February 24, 2010 at 9:28 am

Posted in NEERI

Signs of global warming

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22 February 2010

KOCHI: With the Indian Meteorological Department stating that last year was hotter than the previous years, the focus has once again turned to climatic changes due to global warming.One of the most comprehensive papers that looked at the various factors has been from the scientists at the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa.“We were exploring the response of the Arabian Sea to global warming and its possible impact on frequency and intensity of cyclones, summer, monsoon, rainfall, wheat production, land vegetation cover and frequency of heat spells,’’ said S Prasanna Kumar, a senior scientist and one of the authors of the paper…..Read complete news item…

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February 24, 2010 at 9:18 am

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CSIR to launch academy of scientific, innovative research

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22 February 2010

By Ritu Sharma

CHANDIGARH: The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) plans to take interactive research programmes to another level and make them a regular feature in their yearly calendar.

A few months ago, the centre had launched a unique experiment of training a batch of students chosen from across the country in post graduation courses in eight of its centres. The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh, was also one of them and is training nine students.

Taking the initiative of training engineering students further, the CSIR plans to establish its own Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research.

“The main aim is to change the prevailing mindset of parents as well as students to pursue engineering but not become engineers. Engineers today are preferring jobs in multi-national banks rather than gaining experience in the field of engineering,” said CSIR Director General Professor Samir K Brahmchari…..Read complete news item….

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February 22, 2010 at 9:16 am

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Experts skeptical over key provisions in ‘Protection & Utilisation of Public Funded IP Bill’

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22 February 2010

By Suja Nair Shirodkar

Even as the ‘Protection and Utilisation of Public Funded Intellectual Property Bill’, aiming at patenting of academic research in the country, is being discussed in Parliament, experts have expressed apprehensions about certain provisions of the Bill. Their reservation stems from the fact the Bill does not really address bottlenecks prevalent at the stage of commercialisation, licensing and technology transfer, which are far more important steps and will help achieve knowledge spill-overs and create useful products for society.

The Bill, also known as the Indian Bayh-Dole Bill, was introduced in Rajya Sabha in January 2009 and is currently undergoing scrutiny by a Parliamentary select committee. The Bill, prepared on the lines of the US Bayh Dole Act, will vest institutes with the right to acquire patents over inventions that result from publicly funded R&D. It also goes a step forward by mandating that individual inventors be paid a minimum of 30 per cent of any royalties that result from the licensing of patents by publicly funded institutes.

……Dr V Premnath, scientist, CFPE/PSE, head, NCL Innovations and director, Venture Centre, National Chemical Laboratory feels that the main problem in the current draft of the bill is that it misses the point that technology innovation and commercialization is likely to be fostered best by freeing the inventors, tech transfer offices and research institution to pursue their ideas freely without any bureaucratic hurdles, delays and paperworks……Read complete news item…..

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February 22, 2010 at 9:02 am

Posted in NCL

Experiment clicks, less stench from Mithi

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22 February 2010

By Swapnil Rawal

MUMBAI: The experiment of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority to infuse oxygen into the Mithi River has brought positive results as the stench from the water body has reduced considerably. The authority will now get the stretch where the experiment was carried out evaluated by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) or the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay….Read complete news item….

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February 22, 2010 at 9:00 am

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CIMAP releases a new variety of chamomile flower

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22 February 2010

LUCKNOW:

A new variety of chamomile flower with higher oil content was released by the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plant (CIMAP) on Sunday. The variety is expected to double the profits of farmers cultivating the flower for cosmetic as well as pharmacological consumption.

The new variety, Sammohak, was released on the first day of the ‘International Symposium on Current Status and Opportunities in Aromatic and Medicinal Plants’ organised by CIMAP….Read complete news item….

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February 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

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Arctic winter expedition to begin in March

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22 February 2010

KOCHI: The Arctic winter expedition of Indian researchers will begin next month.

The contingent, expected to leave on March 20, will spend one month at the International Arctic Research Base at Ny-Alesund, Norway.

The team comprises one researcher each from the Viswa Bharati University (Kolkata), the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (Kolkata), Cochin University of Science and Technology (Kerala) and two from the National Physical Laboratory (New Delhi)…..Read complete news item….

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February 22, 2010 at 8:56 am

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Windowpane oysters stage a comeback

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22 February 2010

PANAJI: An abundant harvest of “Windowpane oysters” from Zuari bay that were on the brink of extinction has Chicalim villagers optimistically claiming signs of the species’ revival in one of its few Asian habitats.

The tasty, nutritious delicacy is being sold in large quantities by the roadside at Dabolim, though the Union ministry of environment and forests has classified these oysters (scientific name Placuna Placenta, Linne), as a protected species.

…….Concerns are being raised about unregulated extraction of these bivalves. Some decades back, the entire bay was a thriving habitat for mother of pearl. “Abundant availability of the bivalves right from the 14th century spawned a cottage industry of making windowpanes with the flat valve of the shells and marketing them to the Gulf and other countries,” said NIO scientist Baban Ingole.

He added that nonavailability of a baseline study on the size of the oyster population is greatly felt. “What is the quantum of this resource available in Chicalim bay has not been quantified,” Ingole said….Read complete news item….

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February 22, 2010 at 8:54 am

Posted in NIO